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State Sen. Kevin de Leon (credit: CBS)

Senate Elects Los Angeles Democrat As Next Leader

By voice vote, the 40-member chamber elected Sen. Kevin de Leon to succeed Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento, who will step down Oct. 15, about seven weeks after this year’s legislative session has ended.

06/16/2014

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Senate Approves Bill Criminalizing Synthetic Drugs

The bill by Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton targets synthetic marijuana or stimulants known as “spice” and “bath salts.”

05/29/2014

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Senate Approves Tying Minimum Wage To Inflation

The bill’s author, Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, says it’s needed to help lift low-wage earners out of poverty.

05/29/2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lawmakers Could Be Suspended Without Pay

The state Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the Legislature to suspend members without pay.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/27/2014

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Bill Requires Payments For Misusing Campaign Funds

AB2692 by Democratic Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino passed Monday 69-0 and heads to the Senate.

05/19/2014

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California Bill Protects Kids From Domestic Abuse

Sen. Fran Pavley, a Democrat from Agoura Hills, says her SB910 would close a loophole in state law that excludes children from coverage under protective orders for domestic violence.

05/01/2014

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State Lawmakers Take Ethics Training In Wake Of Corruption Scandals

State senators in Sacramento are receiving a refresher in ethics as part of the fallout from a series of legal cases involving two Southland lawmakers this year.

04/23/2014

State Senator Ron Calderon (left), State Senator Roderick Wright (right) and State Senator Leland Yee (not pictured) were suspended by the state Senate. (credit: senate.ca.gov)

California Senate Erases Websites Of 3 Suspended Lawmakers

The California Senate has erased the names and online archives of three suspended lawmakers entangled in criminal cases.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/07/2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill, April 2, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Senators Accuse GM Of Covering Up Defective Switch

Members of a Senate subcommittee accused General Motors of trying to cover up problems with an ignition switch that is now tied to 13 deaths.

04/07/2014

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Senate Democrats Cancel San Diego Golf Fundraiser In Wake Of Criminal Proceedings

The state Senate leader has canceled a high-profile golfing fundraiser in the wake of criminal proceedings against three state senators.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/01/2014

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GOP Move To Expel State Sen. Rod Wright Fails To Gain Traction

A state Senate committee will not consider a Republican resolution seeking to expel a Democrat awaiting sentencing on perjury and voter fraud charges.

CBS2 / KCAL9–03/12/2014

Democratic Senator Roderick Wright. (credit: senate.ca.gov)

Democrats Derail GOP Attempt To Expel Convicted Senator

Democrats in the Senate have sidetracked an attempt by Republican lawmakers to expel a senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud.

02/27/2014

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Pellet Gun Proposal Responds To Shooting Tragedies

Senators approved the Imitation Firearm Safety Act on a party-line 22-8 vote, although several senators from each party did not vote. It now goes to the Assembly.

01/28/2014

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State Senate Introduces Bill That Would Prevent Calif. From Aiding NSA

A new piece of legislation is seeking to protect Californians from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

01/07/2014

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Protestors Stage Die-In Outside Downtown LA Federal Building Over Debt Ceiling Lift

Demonstrators wore black clothing and skull masks, carried black roses and held signs with slogans such as, “Cause of death: cuts to meal program.”

10/16/2013

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